NoViolet Bulawayo’s ‘We Need New Names’ Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize #africanAuthors

NoViolet BulawayoEarlier today, author NoViolet Bulawayo became the first Zimbabwean woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, for her book ‘We Need New Names’.

The book tells the tale of Darling, a 10-year-old girl who escapes poverty in her hometown in Zimbabwe only to find new problems when to leaves to live with her aunt in the United States.

On hearing the news, NoViolet Bulawayo (Real name: Elizabeth Zandile Tshele) told AFP that it was an “amazing feeling” “I feel there are so many deserving black women who came before me. So I feel very lucky and honoured, especially as this is my first novel”.


The winner will be announced in London on October 15 and if Bulawayo wins that would maker her the fourth African winner to receive the prize..

South African J.M. Coetzee won in 1983 and 1999, while fellow South African writer, Nadine Gordimer, was joint winner for her novel “The Conservationist” in 1974.

Nigerian-born Ben Okri won for his third novel “The Famished Road” in 1991.

Winners of the Man Booker Prize will win £50, 000 and traditionally see increased book sales.


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